Pediatrics Residency Program

at the Bernard & Millie Duker
Children's Hospital

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Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our General Pediatrics Residency Training Program at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. We are excited to share with you what makes our program exceptional and unique.

With a catchment area and patient diversity that is second to none, The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hosptal is responsible for over 725,000 children as the only tertiary care center for children within the 25 counties of eastern New York and western and southern New England. We are the number one center for the care of complex and chronically ill children in the region. The residents and faculty of the children’s hospital are the safety net for our local and regional community.

Our patients and their families are remarkably diverse. We provide primary and subspecialty care to the children of professionals and executives, migrant workers, and refugees; from rural to suburban to inner city and everywhere in between.

As a medium sized program (11 categorical residents per class, 4 Med-Peds per class, and countless visiting residents), we pride ourselves on our unique educational experiences and our agility and responsiveness to our residents’ personal and professional goals.  Beyond ensuring that every resident gets the personal attention they need, we offer robust and powerful extra-clinical training opportunities including (but not limited to) our PedSTAR™ (Scholarly Track for Advocacy and Research) block. The PedSTAR™ block offers each intern four weeks free from clinical duties during which they receive immersive training in advocacy project development, research design and publication, and quality improvement/patient safety initiatives. 

Each intern will receive longitudinal faculty mentorship to bring their project to fruition by the end of residency. The PedSTAR™ experience also provides a launch pad for our longitudinal professional development and leadership curriculum which includes yearly procedural skills workshops, learning to teach, and fellowship/first job readiness.

Our alumni have a proven track record of success with approximately half of our graduates pursuing General Pediatrics or Hospitalist Medicine, while the other half pursue fellowships at major centers around the country. Our program is seeking 11 applicants who value teamwork, independent critical thinking and are passionate about children’s health.

Please enjoy the rest of our website as you get to know our program, our city, our residents, and the important work that we do at The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.

Educational Experiences

Our residents follow a core curriculum outlined by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Facilities & Affiliations

Learn about the many facilities our Pediatrics Residency Program will have available to you.

Requirements & Eligibility

See the requirements for applying to this program and find out whether or not you're eligible to join our Pediatrics Residency Program.

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Resident Wellness

As a resident/fellow of Albany Medical Center, there are many resources available to you to help manage the demands of being a physician.  Our goal is to promote work-life balance and overall wellness by advocating for you and providing you with the tools to reduce burnout, depression, and other stressors you may encounter during your training.  Our Resource Center focuses on the eight dimensions of well-being:  Physical, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Occupational, Spiritual, Environmental, and Financial.  Each link provides resources that will assist you throughout your career at Albany Medical Center. 

Diversity at Albany Med

Our program has always enjoyed and been enriched by the ethnocultural, lifestyle, religious, and academic diversity of our residents. We consistently seek residents based on merit, academic qualifications, and strength of character regardless of race, national origin, sex, age, color, creed, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by federal, state or local laws. This philosophy and approach continuously yields diverse resident classes and emphasizes the individual. Residents are ultimately matched into our program without bias via the computerized NRMP system.

meet our residents

Our Chief Residents

Kristy Wilkinson, MD

Chief Resident (2023-2024)

Khushboo Dharia, DO

Chief Resident (2023-2024)

J'nae Smith, MD

Chief Resident (2024-2025)

Abhilash Gazula, MD, MPH

Chief Resident (2024-2025)


Application Process

If you’re interested in our program, apply today and let us know!

Application deadline is December 1st, 2022

Get In Touch

Katelyn N. Daly

Program Coordinator: Pediatrics Residency Program
[email protected]

Brianna Romeo

Assistant Program Coordinator: Pediatrics Residency Program
[email protected]